Welcome to the online home of the War Studies Society (WSS). With close links to the War Studies Department of King's College London, the WSS is an independent organisation accredited by the KCLSU that is open to anyone with an interest in subjects related to War Studies; history, international relations, security, conflict, government and foreign policy to name but a few.

As a society our primary aim to provide a welcoming atmosphere for both under- and post-graduates within the department of War Studies. This is achieved through our social events, while our academic events provide world class speakers on a range of relevant topics to further enrich the learning experience. These talks are also open to select members of the public. Somewhere between the two are our tours, which see the WSS strike out to sites and regions of interest.


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Society Visit to Wallace Collection photos

The Wallace Collection is a museum in London, with a world-famous range of fine and decorative arts from the 15th to the 19th centuries with large holdings of French 18th-century paintings, furniture, arms & armour, porcelain and Old Master paintings arranged into 25 galleries.

It was established in 1897 from the private collection mainly created by Richard Seymour-Conway, 4th Marquess of Hertford (1800–1870), who left it and the house to his illegitimate son Sir Richard Wallace (1818–1890), whose widow bequeathed the entire collection to the nation.

The Society visit focused on the 2,370 pieces of European and Oriental arms and armour, spanning the high medieval period through to the Thirty Years War.

View the Wallace Collection gallery here.

View all Society multimedia here.

Updated Society Website

As regular visitors will have noticed (there are 500 of you per week), the Society website has undergone a considerable revamp. More of an evolution compared to last years revolution, it streamlines content, while introducing a number of new features, most notably, a Society blog featuring content from a wide range of members and guest writers, including frequent contributions from those on the committee.

See the On War blog here.

New 2012-13 Committee Elected

As the 2011-12 academic year drew to a close, the War Studies Society held it's annual elections to fill committee positions.

After some very close voting, especially in a dramatic Presidential race between current Treasurer Bradley Willis and wildcard Harry Booty, Mr Booty emerged the victor, replacing encumbent Louis Jent. Stefan Kemp progressed from Social Secretary to fill the post of Vice President, with his former position being filled by Maria Marcus. Jonathan Noy remained as Academic Secretary after a sterling performance last year, with Andrew Kingsley-Perkins rounding off the committee as Treasurer.

See the new committee in full here.


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The War Studies Society is the academic / social group that runs alongside the War Studies Department, with attendance open to any and all staff and students of the subjects the Department teaches. In addition to striving to create a lively community for our international body of students, we also hold various academic and social events (with some being a mix of both!) throughout the year. Past events have included a trip to the Normandy Battlefields, multiple pub quizzes and a series of talks given by both members of the Armed Forces and civilian experts alike. Membership will cost £9 for the whole year – not a huge amount but vital to the Society’s success, and we can guarantee that active members will more than make their money back in discounts and various freebies by the end of the academic year... view the whole induction document.

...so why not join us?

You can join the War Studies Society through the KCLSU student group sign-up facility: http://involve.kclsu.org/organisation/7765/

If you would like to be kept in the Society loop regarding upcoming academic and social events in addition to other Society news, sign up below.

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